As a Unitarian Universalist minister, so many times my congregants come in to talk to me and ask what they can do to positively impact this crazy world we find ourselves in. I usually end up giving them all the same answer.We change the world by stepping into the best of who we are. And this means very different things for different people.
Each one of us must take personal responsibility for the change we want to see.
If you are a teacher, be the best teacher you can be and teach in a way that expands minds and opens hearts.
If you are a musician use your voice to bring people into that beautiful other reality that allows people to connect beyond the words.
If you are a poet write your poems in a way that will change hearts.If you are a bus driver, look every person in the eyes and welcome them on their journey wherever they may be headed.
If you are an agitator, go out and agitate to wake people up. Indeed we all need to be shaken out of our comfort zones from time to time.
If you have a grandparent’s heart go out and take the hand of a small child.
What it really comes down to is that there is no answer and there are many answers. Each one of us is an answer.
Each one of us has the power to make a difference and change this world. The beauty of it all is that this change we seek is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It is a change that begins in each human heart.
At a time when it is easy to look around and feel overwhelmed and powerless, let us remember that every one of us has the power to change our little part of the world. If done in a collective and conscious manner, the world will indeed change.
These words from the Talmud sum it up nicely:
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” (Talmud)
Rev. Wendy Jones
Western Slope Faith Leaders Table